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Nov 14, 2012 7:00pm PST
feels good. >> no more mr. nice guy. >> the president responds to questions about susan rice -- >> about the benghazi attacks. >> senator mccain and senator graham want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> former cia director david petraeus will testify before the senate intelligence committee. >> general petraeus had an affair with his biographer. people are snapping up copies of the book. >> it's so pathetic. >> the book is available in hard cover and extremely hard cover. >>> today on an i'm sorry i lost conference call with top campaign don't oorors, mitt rom said the president won the election because he game african-american and latino voters, quote, gifts. abc news has this audio. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> romney also said that the president's campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift so he made a big effort on small things. those small things, by the way, add up to trillions
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 8:00am PST
do. we're monday morning quarterbacking here. when susan rice went on television, it was five days after the incident. here we are months after the incident. we have much more information, we know much more about what happened and what didn't happen. and as doug said, these situations are rolling -- rolling catastrophes where the information you get on monday could change from the information you get on tuesday. and i think what's happening here is that, you know, as we said in the editorial as doug mentioned, while senators graham, ayotte and mccain are focused on what susan rice, ambassador rice said on the sunday talk shows, they are not asking any questions at all about the real questions about security there at the consulate in benghazi. that's where their interest and focus and ire should be pointed. not at a u.n. ambassador who went on the sunday talk shows as a spokesperson for the administration giving, imparting the information she was given by the intelligence community. >> and susan, for those just joining us. this happened moments ago in the last hour. i want to remind
MSNBC
Nov 29, 2012 12:00am PST
bizarre attack on ambassador, susan rice. >> all of the sudden, we are the bell of the ball. we are here to say, it's time to start to dance. >>> latino voters help put president obama over the top. now, the hispanic caucus says they want action. representative luis gutierrez joins me tonight. >>> good to have you with us. thanks for watching. president obama is selling his economic agenda and using all the right tools. the president was surrounded today by middle class taxpayers at the white house as he pushed for an extension of the tax cuts for income below $250,000. he quas quick to highlight the break in the ranks with the republicans. >> i am glad to see, if you've been reading the papers lately, that more and more republicans in congress, seem to be agreeing with this idea that we should have a balanced approach. so if both parties agree we should not raise taxes on middle class families, let's begin our work with where we agree. >> president obama isn't talking about some moderate republican or some blue dog democrat, he is talking about conservative republican oklahoma congressm
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 3:00pm PST
news tonight. ambassador susan rice will meet face-to-face with john mccain tomorrow. >>> plus, he's the wrong with everything wrong with politics in america and now donald's kids know it. what happened in the trump political intervention? >>> and we'll tell you what joe biden is doing in this picture. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. there are patients who will question, why does my mouth feel dryer than i remember it to be? there are more people taking more medication, so we see people suffering from dry mouth more so. we may see more cavities, bad breath, oral irritation. a dry mouth sufferer doesn't have to suffer. i would recommend biotene. the enzymes in biotene products help supplement enzymes that are naturally in saliva. biotene helps moisten those areas that have become dry. those that are suffering can certainly benefit from biotene. >>> what did the gop learn from that devastating election defeat? not enough. in some places they just picked up where they left off before the election. that's next. >>> republicans spent the last two years attacking voting rights a
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 6:00pm PST
nominate susan rice for secretary of state, they will do everything in their power to block her nomination. as senator graham said, he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice after what she said about benghazi. i would like your reaction to that and would those threats deter from making a nomination like that? >> first of all, i'm not going to comment at this point on various nominations that i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the succeecond term. those are things that are still being discussed. but let me say specifically about susan rice. she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothin
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 12:00pm PST
republicans namely john mccain and lindsey graham for the criticism leveled at susan rice. the u.n. secretary, shortly after the attacks that resulted in the death of four americans, she went on "meet the press" and other sunday shows and said what happened in benghazi was the result of a spontaneous protest that morphed in to something else and resulted in the death of those americans. republicans attacking ever since. but now, as susan rice's name floated as a successor to hillary clinton as secretary of state, mccain and graham taken out after susan rice. that, no question about it, it came from the heart and raised the ire of president obama. here's what he had to say. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and to -- to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently beca
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
. dionne, great to have you with us. >>> john mccain changes his tune on susan rice. how does this guy have any credibility left whatsoever? michael tomasky will weigh in next. >>> republicans are getting real. we'll have the new revelations about their bid to block the vote. >>> and what it means in the next election. stay tuned. we're on point. ♪ it's so important to make someone happy ♪ when you give a child a toy, it has to work. ♪ make just one someone happy and when it's a toys for tots child, well, what could be more important? so this year, every hasbro toy donated to toys for tots will be powered by duracell. happy holidays. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. ed show." john mccain would do everything in his power to keep susan rice from become become secretary of state if nominated. mccain can claimed he would block not just rice but anyone the president nominated. yet over the weekend, it must have been the turkey. mccain seemed to have a change of heart. >> she could conceivable get your vote for secretary of state. >> i think she deserves the ability and the
MSNBC
Nov 27, 2012 11:00am PST
big breaking news. susan rice has another meeting scheduled to start right about now on capitol hill. this team she's meeting with connecticut senator joseph lieberman. earlier rice and aktding cia director mike morrell met with john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte over what rice knew the in the days after the deadly consulate attack in benghazi. all three claim to be more troubled after this meeting. >> we're significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16th september explanation about how four americans died by ambassador rice, i think, does not do justice to the reality at the time. >> clearly the impression that was begin, the information begin to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today, absolutely, it was wrong. >> and within the past hour the white house once again defended ambassador rice. >> focus on some might say obsession made on comments made on sunday shows seems, to me, and to many, to be misplaced. >> and the ambassador her
MSNBC
Nov 14, 2012 11:00am PST
prejudging what he's interested in doing, nor am i suggesting i've got a specific assignment but what i want to do is get ideas from him and see if there's some ways to potentially work together. >> did it -- relationships with congress, one of the most frequent criticisms we have heard from members on both sides is that you haven't done enough to reach out and build relationships. are there concrete ways that you plan to approach your relationships with congress in the second term? >> look. i think there's no doubt that i can always do better and so i wi will, you know, examine ways that i can make sure to communicate my desire to work with everybody so long as it's advancing the cause of strengthening our middle class and improving our economy. you know, i've got a lot of good relationships with folks in the house and the senate and both sides of the aisle. it hasn't always manifested itself in the kind of agreements that i would like to see between democrats and republicans and so i think all of us have responsibilities to see if there are things to improve on. and i don't exempt myself from needing to, you know, do some self reflection and see if i can improve our working relationship. there are probably going to be still be some sharp differences and as i said during the campaign there are going to be times there's fights and i think those are fights this need to be had but what i think the american people don't want to see is a focus on the next election instead of a focus on them. and i don't have another election. and, you know, michele and i were talking last night about, you know, what an incredible honor and privilege it is to be put in this position. and there are people all across this country, millions of folks who worked so hard to help us get elected but there are also millions of people who may not have voted for us but are counting on us. and, you know, we take that responsibility very seriously. i take that responsibility very seriously. and i hope and intend to be an even better president in the second term than i was in the first. >> jonathan carl? >> thank you, mr. president. senator john mccain and senator lindsey graham said today they want watergate-style hearings on the attack in benghazi and if you nominate susan rice as secretary of state they will do everything to block the nomination and senator graham said he doesn't trust her after benghazi. i would like your reaction to that and would those threats deter you from making a nomination like that? >> at this point i won't comment on various nominations i'll put forward to fill out my cabinet for the second term. those are thing that is are still being discussed. but let me say specifically about susan rice. she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and to besmeerch her separation is outrageous and, you know, we're after an election now. i think it is important for us to find out exactly what happened in mbenbenghazi and ha to cooperate in any ways that congress wants. we have provided every bit of information that we have. and we'll continue to provide information and we've got a full-blown investigation and all that information will be discorged to congress. i don't think there's a debate in this country with four americans killed that's a problem. we have to get to the bottom of it and there needs to be accountability. we've got to bring those who carried it out to justice. they won't get any debate from me on that. when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me. and should i choose, if i think that she would be the best person to serve america, in the capacity, the state department, then i will nominate here. that's not a determination i've made yet. okay. ed henry? >> i want to take chuck's lead and ask a small follow-up is whether you feel you have a mandate not just on tax cuts but a range of issues because of your election and then what john said, if they want to come after me, then come after me. the families of the four killed, the father believes he called 911 for help and didn't get it. and i know you have said you grieved for the four americans, this it's being investigated, but the families have been waited for more than two months, so i would like to -- for you to address the families if you can. on 9/11, as commander in chief, did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives? >> ed, you know, i'll address the families not through the press. i'll address the families directly as i already have. and we will provide all the information that is available about what happened on that day. that's what the investigation's for. but as i said repeatedly, if people don't think that we did everything we can to make sure that we saved the lives of the folks who i sent there and who were carrying out missions on behalf of the united states then you don't know how our defense department thinks or our state department thinks or the cia thinks. their number one priority is obviously to protect american lives. that's what our job is. [ inaudible ] ed, i'll put forward every bit of information that we have. i can tell you that immediately upon finding out that our folks were in danger, that my orders to my national security team were, doing whatever we need to do to make sure they're safe. and that's the same order that i would give any time that i see americans are in danger, whether they're civilian or military because that's our number one priority. with respect to the issue of mandate, i've got one mandate. i've got a mandate to help middle class families and family that is are working hard to try to get in the middle class. that's my mandate. that's what the american people said. they said work really hard to help us. don't worry about the politics of it. don't worry about the party interests. don't worry about the special interests. just work really hard to see if you can help us get ahead because we're working really hard out and still struggling, a lot of us. that's my mandate. i don't presume that because i won an election that everybody suddenly agrees with me on everything. i'm more than familiar with all of the literature about presidential overreach in second terms. we are very cautious about that. on the other hand, i didn't get re-elected just to bask in re-election. i got elected to do work on behalf of american families and small businesses all across the country who are still recovering from a really bad recession but are hopeful about the future. and i am, too. the one thing that, you know, i said during the campaign that maybe sounds like a bunch of campaign rhetoric but now that the campaign's over i'll repeat it and hopefully you will really believe me. when you travel around the country, you are inspired by the grit and resilience and hard work and decency of the american work and makes you want to work harder. you meet families who have overcome really tough odds and somehow are making it and sending their kids to college and you meet young people who are doing incredible work and disadvantaged communities because they believe in, you know, the american ideal and it should be available for everybody. and, you know, you meet farmers who are helping each other during times of drought and, you know, you meet businesses that kept their doors open in the recession even though the owner didn't have to take a salary and when you talk to these folks, you say to yourself, man, they deserve a better government than they've been getting. they deserve all of us here in washington to be thinking every single day, how can i make things a little better for them? which isn't to say that everything we do is going to be perfect or that there aren't just going to be some big, tough challenges that we have to grapple with. but i do know that the federal government can see a difference. we are seeinging it right now on the jersey coast and in new york. people are still going through a really tough time. the response hasn't been perfect but it's been aggressive and strong and fast and robust and a lot of people have been helped because of it. and that's a pretty good metaphor for how i want the federal government to operate generally and i'll do everything i can to make sure it does. christie parson. hey. >> thank you, mr. president. and congratulations by the way. >> thanks. christie was there in -- when i was running for state senate. >> that's right, i was. >> christie and i go back a ways. >> never seen you lose. i wasn't there that one time. >> there you go. >> one quick follow-up and then i want to ask you about iran. i just want to make sure i understood what you said. can you envision any scenario in which we go off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year? and on iran, are you preparing a final diplomatic push here to resolve the nuclear program issue? and are we heading towards one on one talks? >> well, obviously, we can all imagine a scenario where we go off the fiscal cliff. if despite the election, if despite the dangers of going over the fiscal cliff and what that means for our economy that there's too much stubbornness in congress that we can't even agree on giving middle class families a tax cut, then middle class families end up having a big tax hike and that's a pretty rude shock for them and i suspect we'll have a big impact on the holiday shopping season, which in turn will have an impact on business planning and hiring and we can go back in to a recession. it would be a bad thing. it is not necessary. so i want to repeat. step number one that we can take in the next couple of weeks, provide certainty to middle class families, 98% of families who make less than $250,000 a year, 97% of small businesses that their taxes will not go up a single dime next year. give them that certainty. right now. we can get that done. we can then set up a structure whereby we're dealing with tax reform, closing deductions, closing loopholes, simplifying, dealing with entitlements and i'm ready to make big commitments to lock in the kind of deficit reductions that stabilize our deficit, start bringing it down, start bringing down our debt. i'm confident we can do it. it's -- and look. i've been living with this for a couple of years now. i know the math pretty well and it's -- it really is arithmetic. it's not calculus. there's tough things that have to be done but a way of doing this that doesn't hurt middle class families, doesn't hurt our seniors, doesn't hurt families with disabled kids. allows us to continue to invest in the things that make us grow like basic research and education, helping young people afford going to college. as we've already heard from some republican commentators, a modest tax increase on the wealthy is not going to break their backs. they'll still be wealthy. and it will not impinge on business investment. so, we know how to do this. this is just a matter of whether or not we come together and go ahead and say, democrats and republicans, we're both going to hold hands and do what's right for the american people. and i hope that's what happens. with respect to iran, i very much want to see a diplomatic resolution to the problem. i was very clear before the campaign. i was clear during the campaign and i'm now clear after the campaign. we're not going to let iran get a nuclear weapon. but i think there's still a window of time for us to resolve this diplomatically. we have imposed the toughest sanctions in history. it is having an impact on iran's economy. there should be a way in which they can enjoy peaceful nuclear power while still meeting their international obligations and providing clear assurances to the international community that they're not pursuing a nuclear weapon. and so, yes. i will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between iran and not just us but the international community to see if we can get this thing resolved. i can't promise that iran will walk through the door they need to walk through but that would be very much the preferable option. >> what circumstances would iran have a conversation to take place? >> i won't talk about the details of negotiations but i think it's fair to say that we want to get this resolved and we're not going to be constrained by diplomatic niceties or protocols if iran is serious about wanting to resolve this, they'll be in a position to resolve it. >> one point, just prior to the election there was talk that talks might be -- >> that was not true. and it's not -- it's not true as of today. okay? just going to knock through a couple others. mark landers. where's mark? there he is. right in front of me. >> thank you, mr. president. in his endorsement of you, a few weeks ago, mayor bloomberg said he was motivated by the belief that you would do more to confront the threat of climate change than your opponent. tomorrow you are going up to new york city where you're going to see i assume see people still suffering the affects of hurricane sandy which many people say is further evidence of how a warming globe is changing our weather. what specifically do you plan to do in a second term to tackle the issue of climate change, and do you think the political will exists in washington to pass legislation that could include some kind of attacks on carbon? >> you know, as you know, mark, we can't attribute any particular weather event to climate change. what we do know is the temperature around the globe is increasing. faster than was predicted even ten years ago. we do know that the arctic icecap is melting. faster than was predicted even five years ago. we do know that there have been extraordinarily -- there have been an extraordinarily large number of severe weather events here in north america but also around the globe. and i am a firm believer that climate change is real. that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions. and as a consequence, i think we have an obligation to future generations to do something about it. now, in my first term, we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars and trucks. that will have an impact. that will take a lot of carbon out of the atmosphere. we doubled the use of natural fuel and we continue to invest in potential breakthrough technologies that could further remove carbon from our atmosphere. but we haven't done as much as we need to so what i'm going to be doing over the next several weeks, next several months is having a conversation, wide ranging conversation, with scientists, engineers and elected officials to find out what more can we do to make a short-term progress in reducing carb carbons. and then, you know, working through an education process that i think is necessary, a discussion, a conversation across the country about, you know, what realistically can we do long-term to make sure that this is not something we're passing on to future generations that's going to be very expensive and painful to deal with. i don't know what either democrats or republicans are prepared to do at this point. because, you know, this is one of those issues that's not just partisan issue. also, i think there's regional differences. there's no doubt that for us to take on climate change in a serious way would involve making some tough political choices. and, you know, understandably i think the american people right now so focused and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth that, you know, if the message is somehow we're going to ignore jobs and growth, simply to address climate change, i don't think anybody's going to go for that. i won't go for that. if on the other hand we can shape an agenda that says, we can create jobs, advance growth and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader, that's something that the american people would support. so, you know, you can expect that you'll hear more from me in the coming months and years about how we can shape an agenda that garners bipartisan support and helps move this agenda forward. >> sounds like you're saying with the current -- republicans still -- consensus on some kind of tax. >> that i'm pretty certain of. and look. we're still trying to debate whether we can just make sure that middle class families don't get a tax hike. let's see if we can resolve that. that should be easy. this one's hard. but it's important. because, you know, one of the things that we don't always factor in are the costs involved in the natural disasters. we just put them off as something that's unconnected to our behavior right now and i think what based on the evidence we're seeing is that what we do now will have an impact and a cost down the road if we don't do something about it. all right. last question. mark feltsenthal. where's mark? >> thank you. mr. president, the assad regime engaged in a brutal crackdown on its people. france have recognized the opposition coalition. what would it take for the united states to do the same? is there a point the united states would consider arming the rebels? >> i was one of the first leaders i think around the world to say assad had to go in response to the incredible brutality that his government displayed in the face of what were initially peaceful protests. obviously, the situation in syria's deteriorated since then. we have been extensively engaged with the international community, as well as regional powers, to help the opposition. we have committed to hundreds of millions of dollars of humanitarian aid to help folks both inside of syria and outside of syria. we are constantly consulting with the opposition on how they can get organized so that they're not splintered and divided in the face of the onslaught from the assad regime. we are in very close contact with countries like turkey and jordan that immediately border syria and have an impact. obviously, israel which is having already a grave concerns as we do about, for example, movements of chemical weapons that might occur in such a chaotic atmosphere and that could have an impact not just within syria but on the region as a whole. i'm encouraging to see that the syrian opposition created an umbrella group that may have more cohesion than they have had in the past. we're going to be talking to them. my enjoys will be traveling to, you know, various meetings that are going to be taking place with the international community and opposition. we consider them a legitimate representative of the aspirations of the syrian people. we're not yet prepared to recognize them as some sort of government in exile. but we do think that it is a broad-based representative group. one of the questions that we're going to continue to press is making sure that that opposition is committed to a democratic syria, an inclusive syria, a moderate syria. we have seen extremist elements insinuate themselves in to the opposition. and, you know, one of the things that we have to be on guard about, particularly when we start talking about arming opposition figures that we're not indirectly putting arms in the hands of folks who would do americans harm or do israelis harm or otherwise engage in actions that are detrimental to our national security so we're constantly probing engaged we ae we'll be in position to encourage the most moderate, thoughtful elements of the opposition committed to inclusion of human rights and working cooperatively with us over the long term. all right? thank you very much. [ inaudible ] >> on spending, $1.2 trillion figure, is that something to see a short-term component or -- >> that was a great question but it would be a horrible precedent for me to answer your question just because you yelled it out. so, thank you very much, guys. >> there you have it, president obama concluding his first news conference since re-election. you hear the president actually refusing to answer the final question saying it would set a horrible precedent because the journalist chose to yell the question out without the president choosing to acknowledge him. a lot to discuss, a wide range of questions. let's bring in chuck todd, chief white house correspondent. it was a question of is the fiscal cliff the number one conversation piece or petraeus. it turns out when you look at the traffic online, it's president's response to questions about susan rice and criticism leveled at her from lindsey gram, senator john mccain and susan collins. >> i can tell you i know this bhous is us from tralted with john mccain and lindsey graham on the benghazi issue for quite sometime and you can see the president was almost looking forward to that question, if you will. i know there's personal irritation if you will in the west wing over susan rice being used as a scapegoat, a lot of loyalty to susan rice around here, particularly the campaign 2008 veteran. she was a big part of the president's 2008 campaign and i think where the personal defense of street comes in with the president and susan rice. add in this just let's not pretend a great relationship. the president john mccain. john mccain has been not always come across as the most magnanimous with the president and i think now there's more becoming a two-way issue with the president and john mccain. maybe not surprising considering they were former rivals for the presidency but you can tell this has got a personal -- there's a personal nature to this back and forth, tamron. there's two other piece of news. the president left himself room on tax rates. on the negotiations. he wants -- we know what he wants. he wants the tax rates to rise on the fiscal cliff for the top 2% but he left himself an opening some wriggle room. maybe doesn't have to be the full 39% rise. maybe it's somewhere in the middle. he is willing, he is showing openness. i have heard of republicans very pleased with that answer if you will. and then on the second thing, i thought the distance that he was choosing to have from the petraeus investigation was something worth marking there. a couple of chances that he really trying to keep his distance from the entire episode. >> also, as well, the language the president chose to use regarding immigration and the gop's recognition since this election that the latino vote in this country represents so much more, especially now as the president said you see latino voters showing up and taking the civic responsibility and showing that they have power in their vote. >> well, that's right. tamron, it's no accident. i think he wanted to make sure that he believes that hispanic media should be a prominent role at the white house. remember, the president decides, he calls on people and made sure that telemundo and glad they were right up in there and a tacet acknowledgment. he knows how he won the state of florida and perhaps credit the victory in virginia to that. he knows how important the hispanic vote was to his coalition in winning re-election. and, you know, at this point, i think we'll know -- i'll be shocked if we don't see comprehensive immigration reform signed in to law before summer of next year. i'll be shocked if it doesn't happen that quickly. >> you are absolutely right, chuck. we're both from states of high population and voters of hispanic voters but interesting with lindsey graham ready to run out the door basically to tackle immigration reform. before the president was fought so hard on things like the dream act and has a gop if you use the language, he can pull over to his side here. >> yeah. look. it's 85 votes. in the senate, you watch when it happens, it will be a rush. you will have a majority of the republicans will end up signing on to the bill that's negotiated between graham and schumer. they have talked about this. we know the white house has involvement in this. it's going to happen. and it's going to happen with remarkable speed. sometimes the ballot box does speak. >> quickly, chuck, senator lindsey graham made a new statement in response to president obama's comments about benghazi and ambassador rice. in part it says, chuck, mr. president, don't think for one minute i don't hold you ultimately responsible for bengha benghazi. i think you failed as commander in chief before, during and after attack. trying to use language or toughness if you will what the president said today. if you have a problem, come to me. >> sure. well, that's right. this is one of those -- this is lindsey graham jumping in to the fray in this one. i think it guarantees that you will see this could be an exchange of rhetoric that might not go away any time soon and this is a week of some private hearings between the intel community and the senate and house congressional leaders but what irks the white house on the specific issue of mbenbenghazi susan rice is the same intelligence reports that rice was getting and the white house was the same intelligence reports that congress was getting and that's why there is this personal irritation if you will from the president and others on the national security team who feel as if it's clear that the intelligence was not good at the time but nobody realized it at the time. >> let me bring in david gregory. the news conference is responded to by senator lindsey graham. let's play the president's most heated moment i think regarding suzanne rice. >> i'm very confident that we can get immigration reform done. before the election i had gibb a couple of interviews where i had predicted that latino vote was going to be strong and that that would cause some reflection on the part of republicans about their position on immigration reform. i think we're starting to see that already. >> we apologize. obviously, that's the president's statement on immigration. david, let's start there, nevertheless. after the vote, the president talked about a mandate regarding the increase or the extension of bush tax cuts for the wealthy. that's a no-go and showed progress in the voice of immigration, comprehensive immigration reform. let's say my takeaway today is this is a president repaired to fight on a couple of key areas. you talk about benghazi and susan rice and if he wants her to be his secretary of state, he made it very clear today that he's ready to fight. this will pale in comparison or rather the other fights in the first term, over cole or tim geithner and what this could become given the rhetoric on both sides of rice's role and described the benghazi attack. the president making it clear by name lindsey graham and john mccain are outrageous going after her because in his words they may think she's an easy target and this will continue 0 and on the taxes, as well. he is making it very clear that the american people support his view of raising taxes on wealthy americans. >> he pointed to exit poll numbers and more people support his tax idea than actually voted for him. >> voted for him. >> we do have that sound regarding ambassador rice. let's play it, please. >> let me say specifically about susan rice. she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi? and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> david, i read a part of senator graham's response to the remarks and more. he says we owe it to the american people and the victims of the attack to have full, fair hearings and accountability assigned where appropriate. given what i know, i have no intention of promotting anyone up to their eyeballs in the mbenbenghazi debacle. >> right. and this is really the issue here, which is, was there improper -- not improper. that's the wrong word. business there botched communication between parts of the government that had to be coordinating, cia and state and the white house in terms of how the situation in benghazi was initially responded to on the ground and then later shared on what caused attack in the first place? did they fail to call the attack what it was at the time when they knew better? what the president is referring to is susan rice comes on "meet the press" and other programs with the comments saying that, you know, there's a fbi investigation and appears to be a spontaneous attack. there's displeasure of the united states of what they were finding out at the time. >> pete williams, we thought so much more would be said of general allen and general petraeus and the president answering the questions but i think predictably avoiding getting pulled in to too much, especially with who u eve got mbenbenghazi with general petra and another set of issues and cia chief. >> right. and what he basically said is that he sees no classified evidence or no danger of classified evidence was in any way disclosed to jeopardize national security. and the second thing he said is, that his expectations is that the fbi followed established protocols. when chuck gave him the chance to say are you withholding judgment, the president said, yes, that's right. i'm withholding judgment on what the fbi did here and then said he has great respect for the fbi and that if he had been told about the investigation in the middle of it then everybody would be asking, why was the white house informed in the middle of an investigation? so the president had two chances here basically to express any displeasure that he might have had with how the petraeus matter was handled and the most he said is, i'm withholding judgment. >> chuck, does that come as a real surprise in the president saying what we've heard from others on the cabinet, withholding judgment as the story i believe someone said t gets weirder by the day i think it was described. chuck? >> oh, i'm sorry. i thought you were addressing that question to pete. no worries. that's exactly the way it's funny this white house, they don't feel -- they feel it's a distraction. they don't feel it's getting in the way of their work yet. they're annoyed by it but they're not -- it's funny. it doesn't feel like it's a burden that's hanging over their head. that said, every day that they wake up, there's this new addition, and it is sort of one of these, you know, it does -- it does cause this issue. that i had one senior official tell me, tamron. which is they obviously have to do a lot of changes in the national team and we know about secretary of state and secretary of defense. possibly a new cia director, possibly they keep the acting one. folks here at the white house, the president has great respect for mike morell, current acting director. may strip him of the acting title. but they now realize he has to get off the dime when it comes to state. get it done sooner. don't let all of this, all of this end up like planes on the runway at laguardia and have them all clogged up. you have to space out the confirmation fights and i think that you're going to see movement on state soon. >> you have to get going. >> i do. they kick us out. >> blending in the role of federal government, saying that it is not always perfect, including the response for so many people still suffering greatly but it does work which we know is a great part of the discussion and even the exit polling that i did. the role of government in blending it in to the answer regarding the storm that hit this area. >> well, that's a case i think the president was able to make in the aftermath of hurricane sandy and the government plays a big roll and can play a constructive role and only government has the sort of scale to respond to the disasters in the government the terms of helping government and local states and comes up again and again. if there's something that did get debated in the scope of this campaign it is what is the proper role of government? particularly, when it comes in a separate matter to reviving economic growth. and i think that's the debate that we're about the start having again in the course of the these negotiations over avoiding the fiscal cliff. the president making it clear at the outset that on the matter of taxes on the rich, he doesn't -- it doesn't -- he's not inclined to budge. that's what he thinks he got a mandate for in terms of discussed in the campaign. >> thank you for joining us. >> sure. >> let's bring in kelly o'donnell. you were with senator graham and senator mccain earlier today regarding what is now the i think the hot button part of the president's news conference, this war of words. so much so that senator graham felt the need to immediately attempt to take on the president after this news conference. >> we can sort of feel, tamron, this was bubbling up and i expected the president to be asked about it and he made clear where he stands in his strong response. it is not just john mccain and lindsey graham. there are others raising questions about the potential for susan rice to be elevated to secretary of state. they have serious questions they say while the president says that susan rice was giving information given to her by the intelligence community, the questions these republicans are asking include why did the station chief in benghazi report in realtime, they say, it was a terrorist attack right away? there is a definite disagreement about the facts and question of republicans why susan rice was put in this question. they say as u.n. ambassador, why was she the spokesperson on the issue of benghazi in the first place and appeared on the morning shows as you discussed. senators point out it's their constitutional role to advise and consent on the nominations and push back when they see fit. they said what about condaleeza rice? wasn't that disqualifying and those was -- that was a different time and other countries agreed with the u.s. at that time that there was a danger of weapons of mass destruction. they're looking at it as a case by case they say and to the power they bring to this they intend to try to block the nomination if it goes forward. republicans don't have enough votes necessarily but they try to do. >> right. those facts are true, absolutely. again, but what the president pointed out today is he's not making a decision regarding the future of ambassador rice. so this seems to be obviously the legitimate concerns regarding benghazi and if they choose to ask the questions of ambassador rice about the series of interviews she did including "meet the press" and like a two-track attack and why the president said he believes he or some might see her as an easy target. i want play what senator rice had to say about rice and a possible confirmation. >> she has a lot of explaining to do. she has yet to come forward and explain why she gave the misleading information to the american public and we don't have the answers to that yet. and i for one need answers before i would be prepared to vote to confirm her for any position. >> we know there's behind the closed doors hearing and senator collins' choice of words, she is yet to come forward, as if ambassador rice has been avoiding coming forward or has been told by the white house or anyone else not to come forward and an interesting choice of senator collins. she is yet to come forward. >> there have been letters sent asking for specific explanations about where susan rice got her information, what led her to put forward the assessments she did and a lot of back and forth between congress and the administration about this, a lot of frustration. certainly, republican members to see a select committee to investigate benghazi and by that it means you would have different areas of expertise, not the existing special committees but a special group to investigate benghazi so what's happening is a building of pressure. they anticipate susan rice is the likely choice to succeed hillary clinton. trying to blunt that and draw more attention to benghazi. they knew that the president was going to have a news conference today. they tried to get out front of that saying the strong things and provoked a response of the president and will go on probably for sometime, a real gnashing of teeth politically between republicans and the president. >> all the while as you know, kelly, the president expected in about two minutes to meet with business leaders in the jefferson room. general electric ceo and american express ceo, a list of heavyweights in the business world and the president is hoping they will assist in moving the conversation forward to get the economy back on its feet. so a lot of i guess story lines to follow here. >> so many. >> greatly important and some as we know bizarre, the one regarding the general. >> by the way was the trade we heard here. >> it is. thank you so much. a pleasure. we'll go to a quick break. 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, ambassador susan rice returns to the hill to meet with the new set of republican lawmakers. but are these meetings congressional inquiry or job interview? we will take a look just ahead. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. >>> after a trio of skeptical republican senators voiced their troubles with u.n. ambassador susan rice's answers yesterday another top gop lawmaker senator susan collins went there today. >> what troubles me so much is the benghazi attack in many ways echos the attacks on those embassies in 1998 when susan rice was head of the african region for our state department. >> we discuss the latest chapter in the republican crusades when luke russert joins us next on "now." [ male announcer ] considering all your mouth goes through, do you really think brushing is enough to keep it clean? while brushing misses germs in 75% of your mouth, listerine® cleans virtually your entire mouth. so take your oral
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many big candidates out there. >> thanks, ari. >> thanks, lawrence. >> the frying of susan rice. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this war in washington. say what you will about the election we just had. this one's hotter, nastier, more personal. one side says it's about character, about whether a close confederate of the president told the truth, the whole truth as she knew it when she went on national television and said the death of a u.s. ambassador was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-muslim video, some trouble-making clown made out in california. ignoring john mccain and his ail argue evidence it was an organized act of terrorism. not so says the president. his u.n. ambassador and close friend simply told the truth as she was permitted to tell it, what the cia gave her to say and no more. for that he charges susan rice, in the words of the new york post, being fried. political fight fans on the tabloids relish this extreme combat what should be a good person's judgment? that's my question tonight. is susan rice now a sur
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Nov 28, 2012 3:00pm PST
public comments about susan rice. >>> and table for two? president obama's having lunch with mr. 47%. i wonder if humble pie is on the menu. >>> and the first lady and voter dog are getting into the holiday spirit. but tonight i have a new twist on another annual tradition. i'm looking at you, fox news. this is poins on msnbc. >> as fast as they abandon -- oh, what's his name? don't help me. don't help me. >> no, that's my personal trainer. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. today a lot of people were sharing their views about the presiden
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his re-election. it looks like it's between john kerry and u.n. ambassador susan rice. will the president go with the 2004 presidential candidate or his apparent favorite? and a report from gaza and the latest on the fighting there that i think could lead to a war with iran. this might be the first stage of that war. talk about the gop's woman problem. in story county, nevada, a republican businessman who employs lots of women just got elected commissioner. the thing is he employs lots of women. it's a brothel. [ male announcer ] when these come together, and these come together, one thing you can depend on is that these will come together. delicious and wholesome. some combinations were just meant to be. tomato soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> another victory for a democrat in a close house race. ron barber, the successor to gabrielle giffords, has won his race in southern arizona. barber defeated martha mcsally. it's barber, the democrat, who has emerged victorious. he was a district director for congresswoman giffords, and he was actually injured durin
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relentless and baseless attack on susan rice? former governor of new mexico and ambassador to the u.n., bill richardson, joins us live. >>> plus, remember this guy with the romney tattoo? he might just be the smartest man in the republican party today. >>> and we'll tell you what joe biden bought at costco today. you'll love this video. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. >>> this is interesting. president obama is going to have lunch with mitt romney and you thought you had an awkward meal with your family on thanks giving. what i don't get is he said nobody should get a free lunch and now he's going to the white house to have a free lunch. [ male announcer ] with 160 more miles per tank, the distances aren't getting shorter. ♪ the trucks are going farther. the new 2013 ram 1500. ♪ with the best-in-class fuel economy. engineered to move heaven and earth. ♪ guts. glory. ram. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] while you're getting ready for the holidays, we're getting ready for you. tis the season. for food, for family, and now, something extra -- for you. >>> have you joined the
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Nov 28, 2012 11:00am PST
another roadblock for susan rice. a fresh round of criticism for the embattled ambassador to the united nations. this time from two moderate republican senators, susan collins and bob corker. both considered integral to rice's chances of becoming secretary of state if, in fact, she is nominated by the president. senator collins was the more critical of the two. she took the ambassador to task for using intelligence talking points in the aftermath of the attack in benghazi. >> i still have many questions that remain unanswered. i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of the contentious presidential election campaign by agreeing to go on the sunday shows to present the administration's position. >> senator corker declined to give deep details of the meeting but instead delivered a hit directed at the whole of washington. >> the whole issue of benghazi has been to me a tawdry affair. everything about it. i have found no heroes here in washington. >> and for the second day in a row press secret
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Nov 29, 2012 10:00am PST
session he chaired today and how it might affect susan rice's chances for becoming secretary of state. >>> state of play. palestinians rallying in cities across the west bank in anticipation of today's u.n. vote this afternoon. >>> and supermarket sweep, biden style. >> i got my own. my wife who never let me have one before. she doesn't trust me. >> the vice president loads up on his holiday shopping during opening day at washington's first costco. >> walking through this store just get foot. calling for guidance. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington right now at the white house, the political power lunch of 2012. president obama and mitt romney meeting for the frts time privately since the campaign after having been together serve times overall, including three debates. ruth marcus, and kristin welker. kristin what are they saying about the private lunch? not much, i guess? >> reporter: not a lot, andrea. they're tamping down expectations. jay carney saying there's no formal agenda to this lunch. of course president obama, during his victory speech in chicago, sa
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Nov 18, 2012 11:00pm PST
committee, which susan rice on the 16th, who was asked to go before the people and use that statement, did. i have read every one of the five interviews she did that day. she was within the context of that statement. and for this, she has been pillaried for two months. i don't understand it. it has to stop. if it continues, it's going to set up once again a partisan divide in these -- the house and the senate, which congressman rogers and i have tried to overcome and have overcome with some success with respect to the intelligence committees. >> congressman rogers, to my understanding, talking to government officials, is that what susan rice said on "meet the press" five days after the attack and other programs as well, was very similar to what then director petraeus said privately on september 14, that there appeared to be a terrorist element to it but that it appeared first to be spontaneous but it became a terrorist attack, and that that was his belief. so were they not speaking basically in the same way? >> well, first of all, why are we doing the investigation? i think that's importan
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it was another blame game that drew the president's ire, defending susan rice after comments by republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham that they would oppose her nomination to be secretary of state based on remarks she made about the benghazi attacks. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received, and to besmerch her reputation is outrageous. >> indeed. let's get to our panel julian epstein, lynn sweet, washington bureau sweet for chicago "sun-times" and msnbc political analyst professor michael eric dyson of georgetown university. professor dyson,fy might begin with you, perhaps the most hated moment in that press conference was the president's barely concealed anger that republicans have been attacking ambassador susan rice for the confusion surrounding the benghazi consulate attacks. this, as you know, has been the drum beat from republicans from the r
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Nov 20, 2012 3:00am PST
between senator john mccain and u.n. ambassador susan rice. top intelligence officials say they knew from the beginning that terrorism was involved in the attacks but kept rice's comments vague to avoid compromising future legal proceedings. they knew terrorism was involved but didn't know whether the attacks were planned in advance and they didn't have the suspect's identity. still, many house repub cans are saying he's unfit to succeed secretary clinton at the state department. >> i'm just curious. john heilman, first of all -- >> elizabeth warren. >> let's just say what happened, okay? the president's punch line was al qaeda is on the run, blah, blah, blah. they politicized intel. guess what, white houses do that. i'm not shocked, i'm not stunned. i wish they wouldn't have done it. but how do you protect americans in the future and what happened after the ambassador was already killed? but how long has susan rice been in public service, like since her 20s, right? >> a long time. >> so we actually have people on capitol hill that are going to disqualify her based on one "meet the press"
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Nov 25, 2012 5:00am PST
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. ambassador susan rice from new attacks by republicans. later, a brawl in boston. the nets and celtics battle it out in the front row on top of fans. but first, the story that everyone will be talking about this morning at work, at least two people are a lot richer and probably not heading into the office today. sadly, i didn't even have one stinking number. lottery officials say winning tickets for the record $580 million powerball jackpot were sold in arizona and missouri. 160 million tickets were sold yesterday alone. at an astounding rate of 130,000 tickets a minute. the winner takes the cash option, they'll split a cool $380 million. that's $190 million apiece. it's the second largest payout in lotto history. you can be sure that uncle sam is smiling about his cut of the action. the federal tax rate is currently 25%. so it will be $380 million the government gets $95 million off the top. and the winning states not too shabby either. arizona takes 5% at 9$9.5 millin and missouri stakes $7.6 millio. in the end, the two winning ticket holders end up with 25% of that original jackpot.
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Nov 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
against ambassador susan rice as a successor to hillary clinton deepens. she went to the hill today to smooth it over with senators mccain, ayotte and graham who criticized her original comments on the deadly benghazi attacks. i picture the conversation between the president and rice going like this. we want you as secretary of state, so go make nice. answer their questions so they stop attacking you and threatening to block your possible nomination. yeah, so how did that work out? >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. it is clear that the information that she gave the american public was incorrect. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before with a little bit of inquiry and curiosity, i think it would be pretty clear that to explain this episode as related to a video that created a mob that turned into a riot was far afield. if you can do nothing but give bad information, isn't it better to give no information at all? >> i'm more troubled today. just to be clear, when you have a position where you're ambassador to
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Nov 19, 2012 2:00pm PST
president obama has to make. it looltion it's between john kerry and u.n. ambassador susan rice. will the president go with the 2004 presidential candidate or his apparent favorite? >>> also a report on the latest in the fighting that i think could lead to a war with iran. >>> talk about the gop's woman problem. in story county, nevada, republican businessman who employs lots of women got elected county commissioner. the things is the woman he em plous is is brothel, the mustang ramp. this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> another victory for a democrat in a close house race. ron barber, the successor to gabrielle giffords has won his race in southern arizona. barber defeated martha mcsally. it's barber, the democrat, who has emerged victorious. he was
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susan rice, she is meeting with senators mccain, graham, and ayott. do you think she has explaining to do with what she said about benghazi? and would you support her if she is nominated for secretary of state? >> she's not yet been nominated. so i'm going to look carefully at her credentials, which i think qualify her very well to be nominated. i think she's done a very good job at the united nations. i do think she's explained that what she said about benghazi was the intelligence that she was given. and she'll have an opportunity as she meets with senators to further explain that position. >> do you think they're open to giving her a fair hearing? because some pretty tough things have been said about her. >> well, it's unfortunate that much of that discussion has gotten so personal. she does need to get a fair hearing. i'm hopeful senator mccain is a patriot, i think he'll give her a fair hearing. i'm certain my colleague from new hampshire, and of lindsey graham. so i do believe that it's in the country's interest to give her a fair hearing and to let her explain the situation,
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Nov 28, 2012 10:00am PST
government in the bathtub. i hope he slips in there with it. >> susan rice back for more on capitol hill with failing to persuade more republican senators. >> i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. i think it will be premature for me to reach that judgment now. >> i would just ask the president to step back. >> senate republican kelly ayotte, who has threatened to block a rice nomination, joins us ahead. and powerball fever sweeping the nation. the jackpot now jumps to $500 million. the second highest in lottery history. what would you do with your winning ticket. >> i would take my entire family on a cruise around the world. >> a sports car for me. >> aston martin. >> i'll pinch myself. >> i would pinch myself too. good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. thanks for joining us. you can bet this is not the way mitt romney had hoped to get to the white house. instead of measuring the drapes in the oval office he'll be the president's guest for lunch. their first meeting since that last debate. joining me now for our daily fix, chris ciz
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Nov 14, 2012 3:00pm PST
trying to have a scandal with the tax against the president's ambassador to the u.n. susan rice. today, the president called and he said, i have had enough. >> let me say specifically about susan rice she's done exemplary work. she represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i have said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. i don't think there is any debate in this country when you have four americans killed, that's a problem. we've got to get to the bottom of it. there needs to be accountability. we've got to bring those who carried it out to
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Nov 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
to turn to one other piece of senate business, this oddity of susan rice. it's just a simple question about john mccain and lindsey graham and john mccain and lindsey graham, do you think they are crazy and you can answer yes or maybe. >> what i believe is that susan rice is an incredible person with a great deal of intelligence and integrity and n ought to be taken r for her word. i think it's really unfortunate for her. >> i don't think senators are crazy in my experience, so i've been theorizing this is about opening up the secretary of state job for john kerry, so if they then reopen a massachusetts senate seat r for scott brown. is that your sense of the game that's being played? >> i have no idea. you are much more mcvalue yan thinking than am. >>> coming up, we'll find out about ari melber and guess who's coming to dinner? mitt romney's last chance to get into the white house is coming up. >>> what could they have to talk about? maybe they can reminisce about their days at harvard law coschl where the president was president of the law review and mitt romney wasn't. mi
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Nov 14, 2012 9:00am PST
leaning towards u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice to replace clinton at foggy bottom. rice's confirmation is far from assured giving the questions surrounding her handling of the attacks in benghazi. defense secretary leon panetta made it clear he is ready for retirement. senator john kerry, eyeing the secretary of state position may be asked to replace panetta. adding to the stakes of musical chairs, general allen's confirmation hearing to lead nato has been put on hold. during the campaign president obama called for nation building at home in his second term. he'll need to start by rebuilding his own team. john heilemann, you were a guest on the very first program of this show, there is a lot happening inside the president's inner leadership circle. how much of a problem do you think this is for him? >> first of all, let's not -- let's terry for a moment on -- i have been doing some math, 8,760, that's the number for today, 8,760 hours. >> wow. >> since alex wagner took over that chair and ever since -- >> subjected america to this program. >> and ever since then, r
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Nov 25, 2012 12:00pm PST
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Nov 28, 2012 8:00am PST
united nations ambassador susan rice, who's in an all-out campaign of her own to face her critics. after three republicans issued blistering comments yesterday, this morning rice is meeting with republican senator susan collins of maine and in an hour is expected to meet with senator bob corker of tennessee. rice's harshest krit eks are still vowing to block her potential nomination as next secretary of state. >> i think everybody gets to, one, be nominated, and, two, go through the hearings and the debate and discussion. but right now i would be very hard-press hard-pressed. >> what they're suging is that she said things for political reasons three weeks before the election. >> what's the long game, willy? what are they doing? this doesn't help the republican party. >> that is the big question. what is the long game? let's dig down. we have our wednesday political power panel, msnbc contributor joanne reed, managing editor for the gree owe, msnbc contributor arty melbourne, also a cords for the nation, and republican strategist chip salzman. great to have all three of you here. a lot to
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Nov 27, 2012 10:00am PST
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports" critics corner susan rice's three inquisitors challenge her explanation on benghazi. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect when she said that it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video. >> my belief is, not only is the information bad, and i'm more convinced than ever that it was bad, it was unjustified. to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama. three weeks before an election. >> ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. i don't understand the cia said clearly that information was wrong. and they knew by the 22nd it was wrong. yet, they have not cleared that up with the american people. >> in a statement just now, susan rice admits that the initial information about a protest in benghazi was incorrect, but says no one intended to mislead the public. business as usual, congress is back and picks up just where it left off. stalemated over tax rates and entitlement spending. >> unfortunately, there's one obstacle standing between congr
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Nov 28, 2012 12:00pm PST
cabinet. susan rice was on the hill. what are her chances of secretary of state now? as the final ever "cycle" rolls on. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors who get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> u.n. ambassador and secretary of state front-runner susan rice on capitol hill today meeting with two more republican senators. susan collins from the armed services committee and bob corker of the foreign relations committee. following the meeting, senator collins echos the comments of colleagues that met with rice, she expressed concern of how the events played out in benghazi before and after the september 11th consulate attacks. the senator also weighed in on her choice to replace hillary clinton and it's not susan r
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Nov 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
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Nov 16, 2012 11:00am PST
, therefore, not in the much talked about talking points that susan rice and others refer to publicly where there was a lot more focus on the potential for a spontaneous demonstration, the video, that kind of thing. that the piece of this puzzle that was more clearly known by the intelligence community of the involvement of terror groups was classified. in part that could be argued as a protection required in order to try to pursue them, that kind of thing. that is new information today, and it helps to show us how there might have been two tracks happening all along. the public statements that were reflecting part of what they may have known. the real question is, if they knew it was terrorism all along, was there too much suggestion that a video or demonstrations may have been involved? that's what people see very differently often based on their political point of view. >> yes, and it is based on political point of view. the fact of the matter, the information that susan rice was provided and what she indicated on "meet the press" and other programs, that would have been a part of
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Nov 14, 2012 11:00pm PST
gone the other way. john boldin, not susan rice, would be the hot talk for secretary of state. war clouds would be overhead and the bugles blaring would be marching to iran. just think self-deportation would be the name of the game for immigration. voter suppression would be the toast of the town, or certain parts of town. the extinction of health care would be hr-1, up there on the front burner for congressional action. just think, if the election had gone the other way the rich would be basking in the best tax protection known to man, a real-life, genuine mandate to leave them and their money alone. but a funny thing happened on the way to the white house. people voted for tax fairness. they voted to make the rich pay their share, specifically voted that way for one thing because the republicans kept warning them not to. and so it came to pass today that president obama said just that at his press conference. give the middle class their tax cuts, speaker boehner. cut it loose so they can go christmas shopping, senator mcconnell. it's what the people voted for. that's why they vot
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Nov 19, 2012 3:00am PST
the president's press conference taking a pretty tough decisive tone on susan rice. and then you look at what's happening -- and also his position on the tax increases. take all of that together, it looks like more of the same. do you think -- do you sense, from your reporting, are we just having people circle each other or are their feet in stone? >> i think there's still some areas where people can move and get to the right place. but, you know, the two things i just keep thinking about is i think the business community, i think, what steve says is exactly right. seems like from the outside what they want more than anything is certain certainty. just moment to moment and minute to minute, it's crisis to crisis. that's an atmosphere not conducive toward optimal economic activity. this notion of trying to get to long-term, as you said, to long-term stability but not having short-term austerity measures that would be too depressed on consumer activity seems like where we need to end up. i think there's going to be a lot of pressure on the business community on republicans to the q
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Nov 27, 2012 1:00am PST
nbc first reported that susan rice was paying visits to members of the foreign relations committee. that's her first stop in the nominating process if the president does pick her. senator john mccain later confirmed to nbc news that he will be meeting with ambassador rice tomorrow along with lindsey graham of south carolina. they have joined john mccain in criticizing the potential nomination of susan rice, criticizing that nomination on the basis of ambassador rice's role in explaining what happened in the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. now nbc's andrea mitchell is reporting tonight that the acting director of the cia is going to be joining ambassador rice in person for that meeting tomorrow with those critical senators. we'll keep you posted if we learn more about this breaking news tonight. but the long and short of this is, number one, the acting cia director getting involved in resolving the factual matters that have been contested by republican senators, and two, we have the strongest signal we have had yet about who the president will likely nominate to replace hi
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Nov 20, 2012 8:00am PST
negotiators have been working around the clock to broker a peace deal. morsi sending the biggest sign that positive results are coming in the next few hours. now al jazeera is citing sources and saying that a ceasefire will be announced in cairo this evening. israeli radio reporting that the ceasefire could be declared during secretary clinton's visit to jerusalem. she left from southeast asia where she has been traveling with the president. her diplomatic mission is the most direct engagement yet in these negotiations. >> her visits will build on the engagement that we've undertaken over the last several days including the engagement by president obama and secretary clinton with leaders in the region and to support a de-escalation of the violence. >> president obama himself was on the phone in the early hours of the morning trying to prevent the conflict from escalating into a ground war. explosions and smoke clouds dotted the skyline in gaza again as soon as the sun was up. more than 100 people are now confirmed dead there with dozens of children among those killed. more rockets from gaza landing in southern israel today. one sent flying in the direction of jerusalem. israeli police said more than 60 rockets were fired by midday. thousands of israeli reservists remain gathered at the border with gaza. israel threatening to take the next step if if hamas doesn't stop the rocket fire into israel. the next step ground troops moving in. we want to bring in ambassador dennis ross, served as adviser to four presidents and is a mideast diplomacy analyst. it's great to have you with me today. big news coming within the last hour, al jazeera reporting that the ceasefire is going to be announced this evening in cairo. now egypt will reportedly be agreeing to oversee this plan which is said to include an easing of the crossroads into gaza. so peace appears to be eminent but what do you make of the transparency of what the outline of it deal is? >> well, i think we still need to see it implemented. having spent a lot of time in the middle east, done a lot of negotiations, one thing i know about this part of the world, nothing is concluded until you actually see it carried out. it's one thing to talk about it. it's something else to do it. so let's actually see the ceasefire take hold. what i'm hearing is that by midnight their time, which would be around 5:00 our time, that's when it might actually take hold. so if it does, that will be the first step. then the question will be how real is it, number one. number two, what are its real elements? if there is some easing of movement into gaza, what are the commitments that hamas is undertaking to ensure there will not only be no fire out of gaza but also is there a commitment at all in terms of not replenishing the arms that continue to go into gaza? so there's a lot of questions that still need to be sorted out but let's see if the first step is taken. >> the egyptian president mohamad morsi says more is expected to come out. does this signal. >> he has undertaken the job of brokering an end to this conflict and he's demonstrating that he, more than others, is actually prepared to play an increasingly leading role in the region. and one of the reasons he's doing it is because of egypt's needs, first and foremost, egypt has to address what is a collapsing economy. notwithstanding the fact that hamas is basically an outgrowth of the muslim brotherhood, which is the party president morsi used to be a part of. the fact is in the end he is focused more on egypt's needs than necessarily hamas' needs. >> when we talk about the -- you're talking about the money, we're talking about what the u.s. gives, $2 billion annually, the imf has $4.8 billion in the reserve fund to help egypt and senator lindsey graham over the weekend was very forceful saying we are watching you. they know full well that aid will be cut off if they don't act accordingly trying to broker a peace deal, correct? >> i would say it's more than just trying to broker a peace deal. i think it's fulfilling its obligations. in the first sense its international obligations. one thing the president morsi understood is if hamas continued to do what it was doing and if the pressures on him led to him breaking the peace treaty with israel, then it wasn't just american assistance that would be put at risk. it would be all the assistance internationally. all the investment egypt would need. so he's putting egypt's needs first and foremost and that suggests that actually the economic imperfect it tiff is trumping the ideological imperatives and that's actually a positive sign for the future. >> with hillary clinton going to the region and with these positive signs that morsi has already put out there and we're hearing different things from israeli radio as well as from al jazeera, what does that signal to you? >> well, i think the most important thing for secretary clinton is to make sure that the commitments that are being made are quite clear. there's no misunderstandings, and it's very important to reinforce those commitments so that the ceasefire that takes hold doesn't turn out just to be a lull before the resumption of fighting. i think that's the most important thing. secondly, i think it's very important that the secretary will not only be seeing prime minister netanyahu and president morsi but also she is going to see president abbas in ramallah. he's been the actor who is sort of on the outside looking in. hamas is trying to make themselves a centerpiece of the palestinians. hamas, it's one thing for them to conclude a ceasefire. the fact is they continue to reject israel's existence. it's important that the palestinian authority has a role to play and is relevant. the fact is president abbas has had no influence whatsoever in what's going on in gaza. so having him also be part of the diplomatic scene becomes important again. >> and, sir, for everybody to understand the big tipping point here is for israel not to send in ground troops. hamas seems to be taunting them to the point of where they want that to happen which would then escalate this to a completely different level and then the neighboring countries might then do something. >> well, i think it's less likely that there's going to be an escalation from the neighboring countries. and i think hamas' taunts are actually far more rhetorical than real. the last thing hamas wants is for israel to come into gaza. the one thing that could threaten hamas' grip on power is that. i think they're trying to demonstrate that they somehow hasn't been defeated. the more defiant publicly the more it lacks as if they weren't the losers. >> ambassador dennis ross, great to have you with us today. thank you so much. >>> i want to bring in today's political power panel, joan walsh, democratic strategist doug bornell and msnbc contributor and republican strategist susan. gang, it's good to have you here. i hope all three of your voices are working better than mine. i'm struggling right now. doug, as we look at what's taking place right now with senator clinton -- excuse me, with secretary clinton going into the region and especially on the heels of benghazi, is there any way the administration would have sent secretary clinton there if they didn't think this deal was imminent? >> well, i think it shows they're deeply committed and engaged in trying to find a diplomatic solution here and, you know, this is exactly why the president selected senator lyclinton to be secretary of ste is for moments like this. these 3:00 a.m. calls, if you remember the 2008 campaign. i'm glad that we have both president obama and secretary of state there answering the call. and clearly, you know, it's encouraging to hear some of this news. until there is actually a ceasefire announced we have to wait to see that but sending in secretary clinton is obviously a very -- is a sign that the president is using everything at his disposal. >> joan, during the campaign season, the president took heavy criticism for his leadership in the middle east, also this perception of a strained personal relationship with benjamin netanyahu. >> right. >> this diplomatic win would signal a fresh start for the second term, the second administration of president obama with israel, correct? >> i hope so. i'm not sure. i'm not terribly optimistic about the long-term prospects of any of this, thomas. but i will say i agree secretary clinton would not be going there if there was not almost certainly going to be a truce. i think what's really important here, actually, is her developing a relationship with president morsi. that this is his moment to make a difference on this stage, and having a personal relationship between the secretary of state and president morsi that's more than just we have all this money and we can hurt you. i think these are the kind of intangible things you can only do in person and so that's one thing to look at in this trip. >> susan, do you agree with that and the fact morsi could not be defined as an ally just yet. >> but a partner. >> but a partner. >> yes. as long as we're holding that stick with that money, he can be. also, just going back into the politics a bit. president obama was criticized for how he handled egypt. if morsi turns out to be -- ends up doing the right thing, this will also put president obama in a much stronger position when had he talks about what needs to be done in the middle east. >> okay. let's move on because i want to talk about benghazi and the fallout that continues from that. susan, i want to start with you. 97 house republicans have sent a letter to the president to discourage him from nominating u.n. ambassador susan rice as secretary of state. and this follows andrea mitchell's reporting yesterday that it was the intelligence community, not the white house, that changed talking points about the unclassified data that could be discussed when susan rice went out on the sunday talk shows to discuss what was known about the benghazi situation. is that something that republicans are choosing to ignore, the facts of that? they're trying to draft a letter like this to almost wreck her reputation before she is even nominated. >> and frankly it doesn't matter what the house of representatives thinks. they have no say in the process. this is more of a headline scheme, frankly. this is press release politics, which is the last thing we need right now. but what is important is to look at the white house did put her out there. she did her job. i'll give her that. she spoke with the talking points she had, what she knew. the fact is the administration to put her out there with misleading information and that's the clear case. it was not a riot over some tape, a movie that was made. even senator feinstein agrees they have to follow that trail. why was the decision made to even put her there in the first place when really she shouldn't have gone out there -- the country wasn't ready to hear -- they weren't ready to give the country all the facts. they probably shouldn't have put her out there to begin with. >> i think we have to remember if you read her statement on that sunday, she always said this is the best information we have now. she left open that there were many questions and now we know that the stories were changing. it was mostly the cia changing the story. >> it's for political reasons. they had to answer it. >> they gave the best information that they had at the time. >> they shouldn't have put her on the talk shows. they could have done it from behind the podium. >> imagine if they hadn't talked at all then the story is they wouldn't answer any questions. >> if she were to reveal something more, tip the hand more, they would label her to be unf unfit. >> incompetent. >> i'm not saying -- she is just an arm of the administration. let's make that clear. now if you want to talk about whether she should be nominated for secretary of state or not, this incident should not be the thing that prevents her nomination. >> right. >> if you have a problem with it, that's fine. but it should not be this. >> we agree on that. >> one thing susan brought up, headline politics. msnbc analyst karen finney wrote a piece for "the hill" talking about the potential nomination and the last part is what caught my eye saying the gop's continued focus on attacking the ambassador's use of talking points also appears to be personal. some have suggested the real issue could be a belief that ambassador susan rice has simply been promoted high enough. is susan rice becoming a scapegoat in all of this? >> oh, she's obviously becoming a scapegoat, thomas. susan and i agree, it shouldn't be about these talking points. it should be about her record. she has a long record in international work, first with the clinton administration and now has served very well this administration. and so the idea that they're acting like she is some kind of secretary who -- some kind of junior person who had no business being out there, they're also acting like, quite honestly, she is incompetent and that she, her talking points weren't very bright which rings some bells for many women and people of color that there's some way that she is being treated in a condescending, demeaning way, when she is a brilliant person and a rhodes scholar with a careerful of accolades and has plenty of accolad accolades. something she did under president clinton in africa or as u.n. ambassador, talk about that. but also to call her on the carpet and say she has to come on tv and apologize. what kind of humiliation are they looking for? >> doug, is this bringing the cart before the horse? >> to joan's point. what's rich is many of these senate republicans also voted to confirm by an overwhelming majority condoleezza rice to be secretary of state after obvious ly some missteps on the intelligence that led to the war in iraq. and you never heard john mccain or senator lindsey graham back then. in fact, they defended her, and that was nothing at all like what's going on with ambassador rice. i do think it's unfortunate. the priorities here should be to find out what happened, bring those terrorists to justice, and make sure it never happens again. and, unfortunately, republicans are still act iing as though wee in the middle of a campaign and that's unfortunate. and incidents like this you r e rarely see them immediately politicized like this has and i think that's not a healthy way to conduct this investigation. >> all right, real quickly. i want to jump on to the other great talkers i have today 0. susan, to "the new york times" report that some inside the romney campaign are blaming new jersey governor chris christie the top romney aides say the governor's contributors there are, quote, furious with christie because of the fact that he was able to buoy up president obama because of the sandy response. >> get over it. that's not what brought down governor romney. that's not why he lost the election. governor christie was doing exactly what he was supposed to do. and, you know what, they should keep -- they should stop this nonsense because these stories do not help the republican party. they should be quiet and let the party rebuild, rebrand. >> it's like saying at the end of the scoopy doo episodes, if it weren't for you meddling kids, minorities, women, gays -- >> can chris christie. >> if you didn't meddle with this. doug, the matchup of had headline talking about this possible matchup next year between chris christie and cory booker say iing that this woulde the match of the year. these two guys seem to be friends. they work together a lot on what they do for the garden state but that could be an epic matchup, a face-off like that. >> it would be the spotlighted match of 2013. and obviously cory book er has very well known profile. i think governor christie, you know, look, i've been impressed with him certainly with his handling of sandy but also with some of the recent negotiations with the teachers unions in newark. so, you know, he seems to be moving more to the center. but it would be a very expensive, very, i think, energetic and i think entertaining race if it were to happen. >> and we're showing a video, a spoof video, the governor and the mayor made earlier in the year that was very funny. showed their humorous side and they are both very strong leaders for the state of new jersey. that's for sure. our power panel, my thanks to all three of you. several women lawmakers say the criticism directed to susan rice is sexist and racist. up next, i'm going to talk with one of those women, congresswoman karen bass. we want to know what you think. is karen rice a scapegoat for democrats or the republicans on this? 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[ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. >>> susan rice should have known better, and if she didn't know better she's not qualified. she should have known better. i will do everything in my power to 0 block her from being the united states secretary of state. >> that was senator john mccain who has been leading a relentless campaign by republ republicans over the past week to block the potential nomination of u.s. ambassador susan rice to be secretary of state. now just yesterday 97 house republicans sent a letter to president obama. part of it said ambassador rice is widely viewed to either willfully led to mislead the public after the attack on the consulate in benghazi. the attack killed chris stevens and three other americans. the gop letter goes on to say that we believe her misleading statements caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world. joining me now, though, is democratic congresswoman karen bass of california, a member of the house foreign affairs committee. she is among the democrats including president obama who have been defending ambassador rice. congresswoman, it's great to have you here. you are among a dozen democratic female members of the house who held a news conference last friday saying the criticism of ambassador rice smacks of sexism and racism. this letter that has come out now with 97 seconds on it of house members does include female elected leaders. it also does include minority elected leaders. why do you feel that it smacks of sexism and/or racism? >> first of all, thomas, let me begin by offering my condolences to the families, because they're going through their first holiday season without their family members and yet their family members are being used as a political football and i am very saddened by that. i have to tell you that, you know, we have many house democrats who are signing a letter, within 4 hours close to 60 democrats who signed a letter in support of susan rice. i think the idea you would call someone who has over 20 years of diplomatic experience, a rhodes scholar, has her masters in ph.d. from oxford, undergrad from stanford, unqualified is language many people consider racial coding. and so regardless of who signed the republican letter, what i reamly think the issue is about, less about race and more about the disorientation of the republican party post-november. >> do you think the administration put ambassador rice potentially in the cross hairs of having to deal with more intelligence, more investigation coming to light that would then be compared and contrasted to original statements? >> no, i don't think they put her in the cross hairs and just as your previous guest said, if you look at her talking points, her talking points clearly said, more is probably going to come out. and what she was giving was information she had at the time. and you can imagine because one of the things senator mccain said is that she should have had a classified briefing before. well, if she had had a classified briefing before and if she had made any slight misstep, then she would be accused of leaking information. and so i believe she was in a rock and a hard place, and i think that she did the best she could at that moment. and i want you to make a comparison here. there were five talk shows that she did compared to 20 plus years of diplomatic experience and given her educational background, i don't think there's any question that she is more than qualified to be the secretary of state and represent our country as she has so beautifully done as the u.n. ambassador. >> and do you think a lot of this, and i asked this of my pal before, putting the cart before the horse, because she has not been nominated. there have been discussions around the possibility of her nomination as secretary of state but there's nothing firm about that. >> well, and that's also why i call it secondary to the disorientation after the election. i think the republicans are in disarray. they are firing at everybody every day. firing at their own, whether it's the governor of new jersey or presidential candidate romney, and susan rice. and so i think it's all reflected of that. i think we need to get on with the business of our country. i don't believe that there is widespread concern or sentiment about susan rice around our nation. i believe the number one concern of our nation is, number one, how are we going to bring about jobs and, two, whether we're going to resolve the fiscal problem before the end of the year. those are the issues on people's minds. >> representative karen bass, thank you for taking the time with us this morning. i appreciate it. >>> breaking news we need to pass along right now on msnbc. we're learning former senator warren rudman pass ed away yesterday from complications of lymphoma. the republican from new hampshire was 82 years old. >>> just ahead, federal authorities bust four americans for allegedly plotting to commit a violent jihad. plus, foul play suspected. authorities say natural gas is not to blame for the house explosion that killed two people and destroyed several homes in indianapolis. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. 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[ male announcer ] ask your doctor if chantix is right for you. >>> welcome back, everybody. a look at the other stories topping the news now. the fbi has arrested four california men who allegedly planned to join al qaeda and the taliban. the men are charged with plotting violent jihad against americans overseas. a house explosion that damaged 8 homes is now a homicide investigation. police have yet to name a suspect. >>> no more nudity in san francisco. city officials will vote later today on an ordinance that could permanently ban public nudity but there would be certain exemptions. apparently chimps and orangutans can experience midlife crisis like humans. the suggestions or the root cause of mid-life crisis could be biological. >>> and the 2012 treetoper for the rockefeller center christmas tree was unveiled this hour. it includes 25,000 crystals and weighs a whopping 550 pounds. quite a mega star. another business win. i'll set up the video conference to iron out the details. this cdw cloud collaboration powered by cisco is pretty amazing. we interact with our offices, anywhere, anytime. charles, you're one of the greatest losers of all time. thank you. throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+. >>> welcome back. all eyes are on the middle east where indications are that a peace deal may be reached very soon. egypt's president a major player in the negotiations just said that hours ago, quote, aggression on gaza would end today. meanwhile, secretary of state clinton is now heading to that region with stops planned in jerusalem, ramallah, and cairo. this as rockets continue to go back and forth between israel and gaza. martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. and martin has been covering this for us. bring us up to speed on what's happening. your reporting has been extensive firsthand. >> reporter: hi, thomas. there's been a continued firing in both directions. 30 rockets fired in one israeli town today. one person was injured. otherwise little damage. the real is it's pretty clear that a ceasefire has been agreed and it will be announced in gaza, cairo and jerusalem probably within the next few hours, not necessarily at the same time in each place but it's clear that that's what's happening. secretary of state hillary clinton coming to jerusalem tonight and a whole slew of arab leaders are coming to gaza. the fight iing will be over witn a few hours and hopefully will last a long time. what we're told is there is an agreement for the fighting to end from both sides, and then the details of the agreement are still to be worked out. the key point, though, it looks like the fighting is over. no israeli ground invasion of gaza. >> martin, as you say, the details are yet to be announced, but what are the inferences of what hamas would be looking for? what are the expectations of what we'll learn later? >> reporter: well, hamas has been demanding at the end of its isolation in gaza, they want israel to lift the blockade against gaza which is not quite accurate. israel has been allowing dozens of trucks and humanitarian aid and food in every day. but hamas wants that to be lifted. also, they want the barrier between gaza and egypt to be permanently opened. so their key point is to end the isolation of gaza. they want an end to the fighting. to israel's policy of killing its leaders and the whole other -- there's a lot of other stuff to be negotiated about the future of hamas. the thing they most gain, i think, from what's been going on is the fact that so many arab leaders have been landing and arriving in gaza honoring and showing respect for hamas which before was dismissed by the united states as a terrorist organization but is now achieving great recognition in the arab world and from israel's point of view, what they want is not only a quick fix but a short-term ceasefire, the long-term ceasefire: >> nbc's martin fletcher live for us from tel aviv. martin, thank you very much. >>> yesterday on our show in our why it matters series we were talking about why israel matters so much to the united states. why america's support for israel is equally vital within the middle east. during that conversation we were congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz, just to share with everybody in your tweet you mentioned how it values the v values shared by america. tell us about the shared values and then your reaction to knowing that we are hours away are ceasefire president leadership. a resolution. and a resolution quickly. but as was just mentioned, the importance here is that the israel on on the heads cease. israel is our most important ally in the middle east. 11 minutes after she was created as an independent nation and a sovereign nation, that has been the strongest relationship that we've had worldwide in addition to our other strong allies like and other allies. so it's because of the shared rael and the united states have been intertwined and remain intertwined today. >> one thing, though, as we secretary of state hillary clinton on her way to however, over the weekend senator john mccain had this to say about urging peace there and the deal that could be broken. take a listen. >> i find someone even as high-ranking, frankly, as normer president bill clinton to go and be the negotiator. i know he would hate me for saying that but we need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker. >> so, congresswoman, not to dismiss the experience of a former president but is it the secretary of state, secretary clinton, the proper choice to go is. our secretary of state is -- i think president clinton would be the first to agree that secretary clinton is absolutely the right person at the right time to help make sure we can bring these hostilities to a conclusion and bring the two sides back to the table to begin to stop launching rockets into southern israel, launching rockets that and to recognize israel's right to exist. leader everything to avoid answering a question directly put which was will hamas, which is a terrorist ly operates as one, recognize can netanyahu. israel's right to exist needs to be voiced by its neighbors? >> yes, yes. consistently conditions down, the palestinians table ready to recognize israel's right to exist. that they also need to make sure we ultimately israelis support. with palestinian to israel with congressional delegations i know ttacks, the ceaseless, endless violence that has been coming. 1,200 rockets just this year gaza by hamas. attack. would do. seconds of time for the violence to end and time for the peace process to prepare to move forward. thank you morning. you. workshop saying kevin clash has resigned over sex allegations calling this a distraction. there's now a second accuser who has filed a lawsuit today of an inappropriate sexual nature. last week a young man had accused clash of an underaged relationship but then recanted those allegations. now he says that he was pressured to recant that story and is sticking by the original accusations. sesame workshop calls this a sad day. kevin clash resigning there. >>> well, if you think the battle over taxes in congress is bad, wait until the fight over entitlements begins. the worst candidate of 2012, the campaign season, might be giving you a big hint here. we're back with more about "the washington post's" big pick. 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of this is because president obama would like to see susan rice as his secretary of state? >> well, let's say 50% and -- >> you're putting it at a fair 50. >> 50% and the other 50% susan rice is a proxy for this president. i've said it again and will say it again there has been a witch hunt for every person of color that has served alongside this president. there are really serious things, if that's actually english -- >> only you would know, yes. >> about benghazi that they should be investigating. what is troubling is that four foreign service officers died. what is truly troubling on top of that, is that these senators apparently believe that going on a talk show, even a series of sunday talk shows, makes you responsible for the security of people in the field. they know that's notes the case. they know that susan rice isn't the line manager responsible for security. didn't block the right security for these officials or funding thereof. she's in the part of the cia. she was out doing what they do on sunday talk shows which is talking about a whole range of subjects. i suspect t
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